Dr. Simon Olberding

Simon Olberding received his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Saarland University. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science, with a major in Human Computer Interaction, from Darmstadt University of Technology. During his Master studies, Simon spent eight months at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, CA. During his PhD, he spent nine months at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, USA. Simon’s work received best paper awards at one of the top tier conferences in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His work was selected as “Landmark 2015” (Ausgezeichneter Ort 2015) in the Germany Land of Ideas competition.

Simon’s interests center around novel user interfaces for digital fabrication. He envisions highly expressive and easy-to-use interfaces that enable everybody to design and fabricate custom objects with integrated functionality. In the past, Simon worked intensively with Printed Electronics as enabling technology for creating thin-film UIs that contain personalized touch-input and display output capabilities.

E-Mail solberdi@mpi-inf.mpg.de
Phone +49 681 302-71937
Office E 1.7 Room 2.01



Foldio is a new design and fabrication approach for custom interactive objects. The user defines a 3D model and assigns interactive controls; a fold layout containing printable electronics is auto-generated.


PrintScreen is an enabling technology for digital fabrication of customized flexible displays using thin-film electroluminescence (TFEL).

A Cuttable Multi-touch Sensor

In this project, we propose cutting as a novel paradigm for ad-hoc customization of printed electronic components. We contribute a printed capacitive multi-touch sensor, which can be cut by the end-user to modify its size and shape.


CloudDrops is a pervasive awareness platform consisting of numerous tiny displays that integrates virtual information from the Web more closely with the contextually rich physical spaces in which we live and work.

On Body Displays

On body displays leverage instant availability and human physiology for personal and shared information display.


In this project we investigated how interaction with video can benefit from paper-like displays that support interaction with motion and sound.

Collaborative Use of Rollable Display

Rollable Displays allow for creating tabletop sized displays on-the-go. In this project we investigate the collaborative use in the context of mobile face-to-face encounters.

PLink: Paper-Based Links for Cross-Media Information Spaces

In this projected, we investigated the use of interactive paper by conducting a multi-week field study.

Mobile Multimedia Interaction

We develop novel interaction techniques for the mobile navigation of multimedia contents.

Erasing-based Interactions

In this project we investigate pen-based interactions that are based on erasing handwritten contents.

List of Publications

Yoshihiro Kawahara, Steve Hodges, Nan-Wei Gong, Simon Olberding and Jürgen Steimle Building Functional Pervasive Computing Prototypes using Conductive Inkjet Printing In IEEE Pervasive Computing (to appear).